off, whole villages destroyed, at least two villages destroyed. a forest thrown like a pile of chopsticks on to a bunch of houses. it's just heart breaking to see. >> couric: the actual quake, i know, occurred several hours north of tokyo by car. how difficult has it been to make contact with anyone living close to the epicenter? >> very difficult. land lines, cell phones, doesn't matter, it's been almost impossible to get through to people in sendai. i know this myself because i have a son there who goes to school, katie, and we haven't been able to reach him since before the earthquake started. this part of japan is normally very accessible. there's a high-speed bullet train that can get you there in just a couple of hours. bullet trains have been halted and the highways, also, are accessible only to emergency vehicles right now. >> couric: well, lucy craft in tokyo, lucy, thank you so much and i certainly hope you'll be able to reach your son very, very soon. thank you so much.